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DuPont State Forest

Stone Mountain Trail

Hike to the Stone Mountain summit in Dupont State Forest to catch stunning, 180-degree panoramas from a rocky mountaintop with abundant wildflowers.

georgia hiking trails: 2-4 miles 2.65 miles
(round trip)
? Your mileage may vary! Accuracy of your GPS device, weather conditions, and stops along your route will affect your own recorded distance.
georgia hiking trails: moderate to difficultmore
?Our difficulty estimate, based on distance, terrain, elevation change, & ease of wayfinding. May vary daily due to weather, trail reroutes, downed trees, etc.
georgia hiking trails: dog-friendly Dog-
?Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail. We’ve loved hiking this route with our trail-loving Labrador Retrievers! Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly trails near Asheville for a great hike with your pup.

LOCATION:DuPont State Forest near Brevard, NC

PACK:our Osprey day pack and our hiking gear list

OFFICIAL MAP: Nat Geo 780 Trails Illustrated Map (find it at Trailful Outdoor Co.)

Moss-covered boulders. Colorful wildflowers. A summit drenched in sunshine, with broad swaths of stone that offer sweeping panoramic views. There’s a whole lot of outdoor beauty to love on Stone Mountain.

The mountain is located in DuPont State Recreational Forest, best known for its ultra-popular (and equally stunning) waterfalls. Stone Mountain is a rocky mountaintop near the park’s northern border that offers some beautiful southward views of DuPont’s scenic, 10,000+ acres. At 3620 feet, it’s the tallest summit in the park. And with DuPont’s extensive network of awesome hiking and mountain biking trails, there’s more than one way to the summit.

Stone Mountain Trail at DuPont State Forest

It’s puzzling, then, why the hike to this mountaintop isn’t more popular. Given the popularity of the park’s waterfalls, perhaps the throngs of DuPont State Forest visitors are too waterfall-obsessed to seek out this great summit view? That’s fine, though: waterfalls are fantastic, but we’re also all about some great summit solitude. What’s better than some fantastic long-range views from a quiet, sunny, domed summit framed in wildflowers?

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Stone Mountain Trail at DuPont State Forest: the hike

The hike departs from a trailhead off the graveled Sky Valley Road in DuPont State Forest, located 1.5 miles east of the park’s Guion Farm parking area (view maps and driving directions). This hike, the most direct (and scenic) to the summit that we’ve found, follows the Rocky Ridge Trail northbound from the trailhead to access the trail to the mountain summit. The Rocky Ridge Trail dives into the forest, hiking .3 mile before reaching an intersection with the Stone Mountain Trail, turning right at the signed intersection.

The trail arcs to the northeast, trailing through a forest of pine, fern, and mountain laurel. The hike reaches an intersection with the Switchback Trail at .5 mile, veering left to continue hiking the Stone Mountain Trail and trekking northbound. The hike treks over a rocky trail bed, beginning a nearly unrelenting climb to the mountaintop, a 550+ foot gain over the next .8 mile.

Stone Mountain Trail at DuPont State Forest

The trail carves through a tight switchback at .75 miles, veering west. Wildflowers line the trail’s sides, stretching high to catch some sunlight. The trail swings northeast, trekking through a grassy clearing at 1 mile. (In warm summer months, the meadow is dense with grasses and shrubs, and can be a tight, challenging stretch of trail to navigate through.)

The hike dives back into the shade of the forest, passing several moss-covered boulders and beginning a final ascent to the domed mountaintop. The trail climbs over roots and rocks under a dense canopy of shade, and moss spreads in a thick carpet over the rocky, near-summit terrain. Green-leafed galax fills the air with its signature onion-like scent.

The trail summits the mountain, reaching the first of several extensive clearings and a large stone pile at 1.25 miles.

Stone Mountain Trail at DuPont State Forest

The hike continues to explore the rocky, sunny summit, trailing eastbound. Views extend out from several nearby clearings on the mountaintop, where wide, curved rock expanses offer a perfect place to enjoy the long-range views. The rolling terrain of DuPont State Forest is visible to the south. Wildflowers bask in the ample summit sunlight, framing the mountaintop in vibrant color.

The hike departs the summit and retraces its outbound steps to return to the trailhead. The hike reaches the trailhead at 2.6 miles, finishing the adventure.

More adventures at DuPont State Forest

While it’s well-loved for its gorgeous, tumbling waterfalls, DuPont offers some fairly fantastic hikes to mountain summits, too. Finished with Stone Mountain and still have energy and daylight to spare? Hike the Big Rock Trail to Cedar Rock Mountain, a 3,000-foot granite dome near the park’s southwest edge. Chase waterfalls on the outstanding hike to Bridal Veil Falls, crossing the park’s covered bridge and visiting the banks of Lake Julia. Or visit five falls in just under five miles on the beautiful DuPont State Forest Waterfalls Hike, hiking to the tumbling cascades of Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls.

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Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.

Stone Mountain Trail Map, Directions & Details

This map shows our approximate route while exploring this trail, but does not replace an official trail map. Please refer to the official trail map for the most current and accurate route.

Love the trail?

This trail is maintained thanks to the hard work of countless volunteers and donations from supporters of the Friends of DuPont State Forest. Please support them by making a donation or joining a volunteer day. Let's work together to keep these fantastic trails maintained and open for use!

Driving Directions


Free parking is available at the trailhead. Check the DuPont State Forest website for hours and closures.

GPS Coordinates

35.212300, -82.573000     //     N35 12.738 W82 34.380

Elevation Profile

Stone Mountain Trail at DuPont State Forest: Elevation Profile

Eric Champlin is a creative director and photographer who loves to explore southeast. He's the co-owner of Trailful Outdoor Co, a locally-owned hiking outfitter shop in Hiawassee in the Georgia mountains near the Appalachian Trail. He’s also the co-founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.